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"Inside the Classics" Concert Explores Amy Beach's Gaelic Symphony, Apr. 13

Casual series at Orchestra Hall is led by conductor Sarah Hicks and hosted by Sam Bergman 

April 13 concert features Amy Beach’s Gaelic Symphony and other works

On Saturday, April 13, the Minnesota Orchestra performs an Inside the Classics program that will delve into the legacy of composer Amy Cheney Beach, whose Gaelic Symphony was the first major orchestral work to be published by an American woman. In addition to excerpts from Beach's symphony, the orchestra will play music by Antonín Dvořák, Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, Rebecca Clarke, William Schuman, Florence Price and George Whitefield Chadwick. On the second half of the program, the orchestra will perform the Gaelic Symphony in full.

Inside the Classics is a Minnesota Orchestra concert series that explores great musical works through performances and enlightening conversation. The programs for this series are designed and hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman and Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks. Each Inside the Classics concert also features a pre-concert happy hour, local craft brews and an opportunity to meet musicians onstage after the performance.

This Minnesota Orchestra concert is performed at the ensemble’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $20 to $50. More information is available at and by phone at 612-371-5656.  For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, has led a broad range of programs since joining the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. During the remainder of the 2018-19 season she will lead the Orchestra in performances with Dessa, to be recorded for a future album on the Doomtree label; concerts with Igudesman & Joo; a Star Trek Into Darkness film music concert; and an Inside the Classics program. Away from Orchestra Hall, she conducted concerts this season with the Antwerp Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Dallas Symphony and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. More:

Sam Bergman, host and viola
Sam Bergman joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2000. In addition to performing as violist, he serves as host and writer for the Orchestra’s Inside the Classics concert series, and he also hosts the Orchestra’s Symphonic Adventures programs for high school audiences. In recent years he has performed as a guest or substitute musician with ensembles including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. He has appeared in many Minnesota Orchestra chamber music concerts, including a performance in February of Bacewicz’s Piano Quintet No. 1. He has written frequently for the Orchestra’s website, including a series of posts about the historic Cuba tour in 2015. More:

Minnesota Orchestra Inside the Classics

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sam Bergman, host and viola 

BEACH                          Gaelic Symphony

Tickets: $20 to $50


Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2018-19 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.






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